Treating Upper Respiratory Infections (URI) in Cats & Dogs

For your cat or dog suffering from a cold or any other form of Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) and has difficulty breathing

LEGAL NOTICE: admins assume no responsibility whatsoever for any possible untoward consequence to your animal(s) when you apply the suggested treatment below.

If your cat or dog is suffering from a cold and is having difficulty breathing, then this is what you should do. NOTE that the medicines listed can be mixed before you give them to your cat or dog.

Buy Ambroxol Hydrochloride 30mg/5mL & give your cat or dog 1.0mL PER KILO of body weight, every 12 hours for the first 7 days, then 0.50mL PER KILO of body weight every 12 hours for the next 7 days. OR, if you cannot weigh your animal, for the average-sized cat, maybe 2.5kgs to 3.5 kgs, then administer 2.5mL every 12 hours for at least 7 days. Try to buy the variety with the Mango or Strawberry flavor so that it is easily accepted by the dog or cat. Lemon and Orange or no flavors are often rejected by the animals, making treatment more difficult. NOTE:
This item is also sold as Pulmoquin by pet stores and vet clinics for anywhere from P150 to P300 per bottle.

You MUST continue to give the dosage for the required number of days even if the animal no longer shows the symptoms, or the animal may become immune to the antibiotic.

2) Buy one bottle of Salbutamol Guaifenesin - this helps the cat or dog EXPEL the mucus that is softened by the Ambroxol Hydrochloride. This is extremely important if your animal, especially a cat, has become too weak to expel the mucus on its own strength, so this will surely help. This should be given with or after the Ambroxol Hydrochloride at the rate of 1.0mL per kilo of body weight. WARNING: Although a very small percentage of the feline population, some cats, although very rarely, are allergic to Salbutamol Guaifenesin, and this could increase their heartbeat, so if you notice this happening, STOP giving this medicine immediately.

3) one bottle of Cefalexin (Cephalexin) 250mg/5mL, approximately P37-P55 per 60mL bottle. You should ask the drugstore staff to mix this for you very thoroughly, until there is no more powder left sticking to the bottom of the bottle. When you get home, and before giving this to your cat, make sure to shake the bottle very well again until you are very sure that there is no more powder stuck to the bottom and sides of the bottle . Then, assuming your dog or cat has no skin infection, administer 0.44mL PER KILO of body weight every 12 hours for a minimum of 7 days, and a maximum of 14 days, even if the animal no longer shows any symptoms of sickness, or your animal could eventually be resistant to Cefalexin. BUT, if your dog or cat also has any kind of skin infection, then you must increase the dosage to 0.60mL per kilo of body weight. If the drugstore only has the 125mg/5mL variety of Cefalexin, you would have to double the dosage stated here.

Refrigerate Cefalexin (and all antibiotic suspensions, except Doxycycline) when not in use, or, if you do not have a refrigerator, then make sure it is not exposed to heat or the sun. Also, make sure to discard (throw away) any left-over Cefalexin after 14 days.

4) Buy several capsules of Doxycycline 100mg capsules. Please read our other document on how to make a Doxycycline solution at

5) two pieces of 1.0mL (same as 1.0cc) syringe dropper, but remove the syringe before using it, and two pieces of 3.0mL (same as 3.0cc) and 5.0mL (same as 5.0cc). The 1.0 is to be used for cats, while the 3.0 and 5.0 syringes are for use with dogs.

If you have multiple dogs and cats, then it would be very wise and beneficial for you to purchase a Nebulizer to help your dogs or cats breathe much easier during and after nebulization.

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